Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Fabulous Weekend in Liverpool


As the Virgin train pulled into Liverpool Lime Street on Saturday 23rd May my sister Mary and I were as excited as children. We were going to spend two days in Liverpool and have dinner on the Queen Mary 2.

As guests of Cunard we stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Old Hall Street, which has river views. I was the lucky winner of this competition run by Visit Liverpool   http://www.visitliverpool.com/onemagnificentcity/competition

We are scousers too, though we live down south now, so this was a coming home weekend for us.

View of Queen Mary 2 from restaurant window, Radisson Blu  Hotel

The 3 Cunard Queens, the Queen Mary 2,  Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Victoria were going to visit Liverpool and  `dance` on the famous river Mersey.

Fabulous modern hotel

 On Saturday we visited the magnificent Albert dock and Pier Head.

Albert Docks
Three Graces _ Liver birds, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building

We then took a tour bus which was fantastic value at £10 per person. The tour takes you past the famous cavern walks were the Beatles played. Both the cities Cathedrals can be seen on the tour and the amazing buildings like St Georges Hall, the Art Gallery and Museum. A lively commentary gives you a history of the city, you can get off the bus at any of the sites and rejoin it later.

Hanover Street in the city was buzzing with people and seemed the perfect place to eat. We went to Tia Pan Chinese Buffet restaurant which was excellent and recommended by a local cabbie. Then on to the famous Adelphi Hotel to gaze at the grandeur of days gone by. We also sampled the wine at the Irish Bars.

Sunday and we were going to the magnificent Queen Mary 2 at 6pm. We spent a few hours in the Ark Fitness Centre next door to the hotel using the pool, sauna and steam room. All wonderfully relaxing and complementary if you are a guest in the hotel. 

 Welcome Aboard!

 The Queen Mary 2 in Ice

View from the deck

Liverbirds from Queen Mary 2

I could easily get used to this life!

 Freedom of the City Award to Cunard

All this attention, Mary who is 75 in a few weeks thought the whole evening was brilliant.

One way to have fun on the Mersey!

A Mersey Ferry 

Wow that is some liner!

Queen Mary 2 at Pier Head Liverpool

We were able to watch the light show on the 3 Graces and the firework display from the front deck of the Queen Mary 2. How wonderful was that!

Hundreds of thousands of people came into Liverpool to see the 3 Queens on Monday 25th May. We managed only a glimpse of the 3 liners together but we had an amazing weekend.

Thank you to everyone involved in providing this memorable, fabulous prize. Cunard, Virgin trains and Visit Liverpool.

 Albert Dock Liverpool

This is the photo I won this fabulous prize with, it was taken in 1990 when Queen Elizabeth II sailed into Liverpool for the first time in many years. The photo shows me, my son Anthony and daughter Katrina and was taken by Tony Reid.

Tags, Liverpool, Visit Liverpool, Cunard, Albert dock, Pier head, Virgin Trains, Radisson Hotels 

Thursday, 30 April 2015

MagicSquares Playdate Challenge

Isabella  shares her Strawberry &Vanilla magic square with Freddie the Monkey

This one has two different colours inside.

 I like these and I can eat them myself, Mum says there good for me too.

Now I`m going to play 

I can have fun on the slide because I`m a big girl now!

Off to the the park to feed the ducks then we will have a picnic and I can have a Raspberry & Vanilla magic square.

This one is as big as me and he wants my dinner!

Where are his teeth Mum?

Time for a game of football

Then a play on the swings

Here`s my cousin Loui-Max and he will be eating magic squares very soon.

I am going to give him a kiss then go back to play in the garden'

Time for another yummy Strawberry & Vanilla  Petits Filous!

"This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petitis Filous"

Isabella is 18 months old and at this age all she wants to do is eat quickly and go off to play. She also insists on feeding herself so I need good quality, easy to eat food that she likes. Petits Filous new magic squares are ideal, she can see the two colours inside and wants to eat the four squares and mix up the magic!

She likes both the Strawberry&Vanilla and the Raspberry&Vanilla and both provide calcium and vitamin D.

Currently on offer at Tesco £1 for four. Petits Filous is the UK`s Number 1  kids yoghurt and fromage frais brand.

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Fabulous Frugal Day in London

My sister has been staying with me for a few weeks, she lives in Ireland and beautiful though it is, it is wild in winter.

She comes ever year and it breaks the winter up nicely for both of us.  We usually try to spend a day or two in London. I live in Hertfordshire so it`s not to far to travel. 

We always take a packed lunch and aim only to buy the odd tea or coffee. We try to get as much from the day as possible on a limited budget.

This year we headed to the amazing Victoria and Albert Museum,(Free) and wandered through part of the costume exhibition. Seen the silver collections and marvelled at the marble statues.
Details of the Museum are here.


image from google

We sat in the beautiful cafe and drank tea under the massive circular lights, with sunshine pouring through the stained glass windows. The tiled walls date from the 1920`s, it is a beautiful place.

We had a day travel card which allowed travel on the tubes and buses this cost £18.80 and included our return travel from Hemel Hempstead.

After a look around the shops in Knightsbridge and eating our lunch in Hyde park we headed for Harvey Nichols. Not to buy anything other than a coffee, this is a frugal day remember. We wanted to enjoy  the view from their roof terrace cafe. 

Harvey Nichols roof garden cafe

It is quite impressive to sit looking over the rooftops of Knightsbridge for the price of a coffee. The staff were very friendly and chatted to my sister Maggie about the 1970`s when the store was Bibba`s.

Next stop the highlight of the day off to see Warhorse! With our £15 each tickets. We travelled on the bus to Covent Garden  passing Regent Street, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square on the way.

I thought when buying our tickets that a Monday evening would not be too busy in winter. I bought the cheapest tickets available from  www.lastminute.com.

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image from google

It is by far the best play I have seen, it is truely amazing!
Warhorse is showing at:
 New Theatre
166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B5PW
Drury Lane London
166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B5PW

The theatre is not enormous like some London theatres so you can see really well even in the cheapest seats. I have seen Warhorse on the cinema link up to the National theatre and that was impressive.
Seeing it going on a few feet away from you though is something else. Do go to see it you will love it.

Total spends for the day
Travel £18.80 per person
Theatre tickets £15 per person
Coffee in Harvey Nichols £4 per person
Tea in V@A £3 per person.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

London`s Winter Wonderland

Just starting to get dark  - and a bonus shooting star to welcome us!

Hyde Park in London has the most amazing Winter Wonderland and entry is free.

All rides though have to be booked  in advance and these can work out expensive.

If you just want to wander around and sip a cup of mulled wine, or buy yourself some Christmas treats it is a fabulous place to visit.

The best time to go is just before it actually gets dark, then as you roam around all the lights come on, magical.

Scary rides! - Only for the daring!

There are plenty of scary rides for the brave, ice skating, a circus and a wonderful big wheel.  Santa can be seen riding by the wheel on his sleigh.

As it gets really dark the whole place seems to shimmer with light and it does feel very festive.

Wow that wheel is big!

It is extremely busy, we had a one year old with us and although she was being carried by her daddy, it was still difficult to push the buggy around.

When we were leaving the queue to come into the area was waiting two to three hours. That would be no fun in the freezing cold. So do go early. We only waited ten minutes to go in at 3.30 pm.

Hyde Park tube station had been closed for safety reasons due to the sheer number of people by 5 pm.

We walked to Green Park to get the tube back to Euston station.  This is a fairly long walk if you had young children or people who had walking difficulties. Marble Arch tube station would be a better choice.

A visit to London at Christmas time is never complete for me without a visit to Harrods. The Christmas window displays are magnificent as always.

How cute though is this photo of Isabella in Harrods toy department.


Harrods, Winter Wonderland, London, Toys.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Fabulous gifts from Toxicfox - Reviewed


Heart Matt Frame

This is another fabulous gift idea from the  toxicfox range. Here you choose ten words and they incorporate them into your chosen theme.  I chose Christmas, Happiness, puppies, Love, Joy, Smile, Chocolate, Memories, Friends and Family. 

I also chose the heart shape as I thought would be lovely for Christmas. There are different shapes to chose from. I am going to put mine on the wall near my Christmas tree.

Swarovski embellishments are scattered throughout the wording and these twinkle as the light catches them. It is a lovely gift and you can get them to celebrate a birth or birthday, or whatever you want. As you are the one choosing the words the gift is really special and something the lucky receiver will treasure. The large frame costs £39.99 and a personalized mug costs just £9.99.

The frame size is 14 inches square so it is a good size.

The frame is well made and has a sturdy bracket for hanging on the wall. 

The full range including frame colours can be viewed here:

There is even a cheeky10 per cent off for blog readers just use the code TFBlogon site. 

This is a video of Christmas gifts http://youtube.com/user/toxicfox
and its well worth a look. 

How about this fantastic gift set which is just £14.99 it is a really fun one which anyone would love.

Check out the sleeping mask, it great ! There is body scrub, body lotion and bath soak and they are all a decent size. They smell good too. 

What I like though is the fun aspect you really can`t go wrong with this one.

Really fun present but I think I am going to keep this one for me!

This is a sponsored post for which I received the above gifts. the review opinions however are my own.